Aristocrats work hard
Madam -- In reply to Anthony Woods's letter "Aristocrats run our Republic" (Sunday Independent, July 1, 2012), our politicians are behaving like pariahs, not aristocrats.
I personally know a lot of the Irish aristocracy well. All work seven day weeks, taking tours around their houses, organising weddings, setting up very successful creative businesses, and engaging in other hard work. Most, if not all, live in a small cottage on the estate or in the stableyard. They work for every bit of income that they bring in.
They are a highly talented bunch, and many of us do not realise that they are doing a lot for Ireland in a very "sustainable" way.